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[p. 59] be acquainted with you, both through our interesting conversation of a fortnight ago, and the missive which I have at hand, this present moment.

Methinks, Sir, in regard to your request, that such an exquisite conveyance as a baby-carriage is not of too remote an age to be considered in this note. However, I do not deem it of sufficient importance to compose a dissertation on a vehicle of this type; and, therefore, will humbly proceed to state the facts regarding the matter at issue.

When a very small boy it was my distinct good fortune to be possessed of a carriage, similar to the type mentioned above. Yet more dear to me was my revered grandmother who provided the means of locomotion.

One of our favorite rambles was that extending up High street to Puffers corner. Objects of interest and outstanding features on the route became firmly fixed in my mind, after traversing that particular way so many times.

Among those sights which captivated my fancy the most, was the statuary adjoining the front yard of the old Magoun estate, two doors below the ivy-covered Grace Church. Then, too, I wondered at the awe-inspiring urns whose massive forms rested on the strategic points about and upon the spacious porch. To me, Sir, the mansion itself seemed as impressive as the statuary, and presented a somewhat mysterious appearance. I always thought that its inhabitants were deceased, because as it happened, I never chanced to see anyone about the grounds, nor any signs of life within. The silence of the whole scene and especially that evidenced by the dead white figures cast its spell over me.

I have tried, Sir, to some degree of accuracy, and to the best of my ability, to portray my recollections of that which has seen its better days.

I am, Sir, your most humble and obedient servant,


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